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Ethics and Risk Management in the Age of The Affordable Care Act (Sequence VI)
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Workshop Sequence VI diverges from our typical approach to risk management training. Rather than focusing primarily on specific risk issues in psychological practice and strategies that minimize them, this workshop will focus on ethical and risk management issues as they relate to the broader changes in psychological practice that we and other observers believe are and will be generated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

10/3/2015
When: Saturday, October 3, 2015
9:00 AM until 4:30 PM
Where: Embassy Suites South San Francisco
250 Gateway Blvd.
South San Francisco, California  94080
United States
Presenter: Daniel O. Taube, JD, PhD
Contact: 916 286-7979


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Ethics and Risk Management in the Age of The Affordable Care Act (Sequence VI):
Everything You Didn’t Want to Know and Were Afraid to Ask

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Registration will be from 8 - 9 am

Course Description

Workshop Sequence VI diverges from our typical approach to risk management training. Rather than focusing primarily on specific risk issues in psychological practice and strategies that minimize them, this workshop will focus on ethical and risk management issues as they relate to the broader changes in psychological practice that we and other observers believe are and will be generated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Depending on how successfully health care reform is implemented, the changes to psychological practice are likely to be profound, particularly for those psychologists in third party reimbursed private practices.

We have already been buffeted by the industrialization and external management of the health care industry that has reduced both income and job satisfaction while increasing the administrative burdens of our work. The ACA is aimed at increasing efficiency and efficacy in an attempt to reward results rather than procedures through more integrated medical homes that will control decisions about care.

There is some good news here. There seems to be a real understanding that mental health and physical health are intimately related and that treating them as separate "silos' results in greater costs and less effective service. Health care insurance will be available to many new patients, many of whom are poor and disadvantaged and many of whom will have substantial mental health needs. But this reorganization will require major changes in traditional methods and business plans of private practitioners, and we believe it is crucial for all psychologists to begin to plan for this change. So this workshop will attempt to describe the changes we and other observers see coming and some preliminary thoughts about strategies for dealing with these changes. Our problem is that while we are pretty sure these changes will take place, and they will not be sudden, no one can predict how soon they will occur and the exact shape they will take. But good risk management requires facing these trends knowledgably and beginning to develop adaptive strategies.

In addition, this workshop will provide an updated focus on the changes in practice that will result from the digital information revolution. The ACA will require practitioners to digitize their records with interactive capacities so that care can be more effectively coordinated. More patients will want to communicate electronically, and there will be a great expansion of telepsychological services, both direct and adjunctive. There will need to be changes in the ethics code and other regulations to separate private from professional activities, to allow different methods of marketing and practice promotion, and to deal with the complex issues presented by interjurisdictional practice.

Learning Objectives

  • Summarize the basic principles of The Trust's Risk Management Strategy
  • Identify three major changes in the organization and delivery of health care services that will impact psychological practice
  • Develop a strategy for transitioning to and working with electronic health record systems
  • Develop documentation strategies for interacting with medical homes and other medical health care delivery systems
  • Describe three boundary implications of technology and steps to address them
  • Summarize the structure through which DHHS is increasing its HIPAA enforcement processes and their implications for practitioners
  • Name four issues which psychologists must address in the process of planning for retirement

About the Presenter

Daniel O. Taube earned his J.D. from Villanova University in 1985 and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Hahnemann University in 1987, as a member of the Hahnemann/Villanova Joint Psychology and Law Graduate Program. He is a Full Professor at the California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco at Alliant International University, past Psy.D. Program Director, founder and coordinator of the Forensic Family Child Track and member of the Child/Family Track.

His areas of professional focus include ethical and legal issues in professional practice, child protection, addictions, and disability and parenting. In addition to his teaching and research interests, he has been in private practice for 23 years, has served on the APA Ethics Appeals Panel for the past 20 years, and taught graduate and professional level courses on ethical and legal issues in professional practice for 25 years. Dr. Taube regularly consults with a wide range of practitioners and community agencies regarding standards of practice and ethical concerns.

Handouts: Handouts will not be available on-site.  All registrants will be sent a link to download the Trust handouts.

Accreditations: This program is co-sponsored by CPA, The Trust, and the San Mateo Psychological Association. The California Psychological Association (CPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The California Psychological Association (CPA) is an approved provider of continuing education by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS), PCE 5015 and The Board of Registered Nurses recognizes courses given by the California Psychological Association as hour for hour Category A CE.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations are subject to a $50.00 processing fee and must be received 14 days prior to workshop date to be eligible for a refund.

Important Notice: Those who attend this workshop in full and complete the appropriate evaluation form will receive 6 (six) CE credits. Please note that credit will only be granted to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credit

Special Bonus: Psychologists insured through the Trust-sponsored Professional Liability Program receive a 15% premium discount on professional liability insurance for the next two years for attending the workshop. For group practices, 50% or more of the group must attend for the discount to apply. (Discount is not applicable for student and researcher/academician insured.)

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